With technological advancements at their peak, Indian Education System went through some much-needed modifications in the recent past. One of them being the introduction of online education. The ease and opportunity to attain additional knowledge has boosted the scope of online education in India.
Quoting Tony Zambito, “Instead of using technology to automate the process, think about using technology to enhance interaction”. This quote aptly indicates how our education system has been revolutionized by the introduction of online study platforms.
According to a recent study in a global level online learning program, India is reported to have the second highest number of online course enrollments. The only country leading is the United States. With more than 1,55,000 students registered, 15% of students are from India. The report is based on an assessment of 1.2 million students worldwide.
The purpose of education consolidates to be motivational and vocational; however, in India studying is far less related to the ongoing market trends and demands.
Due to this inevitable hindrance, there is a growing need of educating our youth specific to the industry. Though the traditional education system of brick and mortar classes has its own importance, online education provides more convenience than the former. Some of the benefits of online education are:
1. Online education is 53% cheaper than offline education.
2. It saves time, money, and energy.
3. Through it, you can gain a proliferation of effective information while sitting at home.
4. Physically disabled people can procure degrees and build their career through online learning effortlessly.
5. Online education offers live query solutions like chat rooms, online forums, and e-mails.
6. Through online diploma courses, students can increase their qualifications and enhance their career opportunities.
1. Flexibility and Comfy Environment
Online education provides you with a comfortable environment where you can study wearing your big pyjamas while eating popcorn and slurping coke. You can track your performance over time and can prepare more efficiently for the exams. You get flexible study hours while juggling with the family work and other career activities.
2. Time and Cost-Effective
Online education is very promising in saving travel fare and the time to commute. It also saves your efficiency to work more and deliver much time to pursue other curricular activities which is impossible due to the offline education system.
3. Efficient Accessibility
Learning knows no age. From a school student to an aged person, anyone can study any preferred course. The only things needed are the availability of smart accessories and a good speed internet connection.
You don’t need to commute from anywhere or live far away from family and friends to pursue an education in order to achieve success in career.
It allows women, downtrodden classes, and deprived people to achieve education and challenge the traditional ideologies and norms by breaking the barriers both geographically and socially.
4. Opportunity to Explore Diverse Cultures
Through advanced video-learning, you can interact face-to-face with students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
You can enhance your cultural knowledge and comprehend the sentiments and values of diverse people. You can gain knowledge shared by the instructors around the globe which cannot be learned from textbooks.
5. Preferred Courses
Through E-learning, any student can choose the course of his/her preference. Many certification online courses are available in India now.
Courses like MBA, MSc, MCA, BA (Hons), Executive MBA, Retail and Digital Marketing can all be taken up online in India. Institutes like IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore, NIIT, IGNOU, Khan Academy and many more offer online courses in India.
Many Employers are recognizing the importance of online education and recruiting employers graduated through online-education courses.
6. E-learning is Greener
Scientifically, online learning is certainly one of the most effective options for students, but it’s also better for the environment.
The Open University in Britain has discovered that online courses lead to an average of 90% less energy and 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than the traditional classroom courses.
Online education in India is at a very early stage. Yet, India is filled with passionate youth who can enhance the possibilities of Indian Education System. Looking at the current trends, we can expect growth in enrollment rates in distance online education programs. It will evolve the continuous learning process.
Hybrid Education Will Grow
As the majority of the students generally pursue their graduation and other level courses through on-campus education and prefer to take additional courses online.
Also, it can be clearly seen that many apps like Byju’s are improving their teaching process by gamification which helps students to understand the concepts easily and retain engagement. This method is gaining popularity and has been promoted by many players nowadays.
Benefits of Technological Innovation
It balances the supply and demand ecosystem.
Big data and artificial intelligence can help in designing of customized content.
Availability of data storage on cloud enables one with any-time, any-device access as per KPMG report 2017.
In this era of digitalization, online education has improved the quality of education and it has become easy not only for students who can refer to content as per their convenience but also for the professors and institutes to teach creatively without needing a classroom interaction.